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Want to have 350 built. Need help

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by duck73, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. duck73

    duck73 Registered Member

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    Hello guys,
    I have a 1985 GMC Jimmy that I want to swap out the 305 with a 350. This is a daily driver as of now so don't want to get to radical but yet want the power for when I do get to play. I know very little about engines and just wanted some insight as what to look for when talking to engine builders. I guess my main question is, is there a kit I can buy with all necessary parts to build a quality engine that I can buy and take to the builder? If not what would you recommend? I know I probably have not given you enough info but would be happy to answer any questions that would help you to answer mine. Thanks, Darren
     
  2. DavidB

    DavidB 1/2 ton status

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    Junkyard TBI 350, put Vortec heads on it. GM makes a manifold.
     
  3. 88-383

    88-383 1/2 ton status

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    The swap is pretty much straight foward. If your truck is carburated, all the easier. There are plenty of kits with quality parts out there. Also most engine shops usually have a 350 ready to go that you may be able to get a deal on.

    If you keep things simple like stock heads, stock cam etc.. you'll have a very easy time. When you start mixing and matching you'll need to know what you're doing to get the expected result. Plus the cost will increase big time!

    KM
     

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